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An Information Architecture for a Social-Environment System

An Information Architecture for a Social-Environment System
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Author(s): Pedro Felipe de Abreu (Fundacao Universidade do Vale do Itajai - UNIVALE, Brazil), Christiano Hugo Cagnin (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina-UFSC, Brazil)and Aline Franca de Abreu (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina-UFSC, Brazil)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 4
Source title: Issues & Trends of Information Technology Management in Contemporary Organizations
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-39-6.ch117
ISBN13: 9781930708396
EISBN13: 9781466641358


The objective of this paper is to show the importance of the sustainable development and social responsiveness concepts in the formulation of an Information Architecture (IA) in the business sector and discuss the steps for its development. Nowadays, in the globalized and highly competitive economy, companies are facing the challenge of reducing the innovation time cycle and providing services/products which are socially and environmentally acceptable. Therefore, they need information system which support such decision making process. Thus, to place a new market product, to make a new plant process or to create a new industrial component, it is even more necessary, an evaluation and updating of the associated social-environmental impacts. By implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS), aligned with a company’s business strategies, and supported by its IA, decision makers will be able to consider the inter-related aspects of the company’s business strategy and its environmental and social responsibilities in delivering its products and/or services to the society.

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